Shilpa Raj’s The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is fastly rising the charts in Indian English writing. There are no surprises there because the book was anticipated and the anticipation of the audience (readers in this case) did not meet anything otherwise than a valuable literary creation in the form of the book. Falling into the genre of memoir, Shilpa Raj has left no brush untouched to give the book all that she could with her literary craft and she, to a great extent, has been very successful as well! The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter has been generating space for itself even before a formal launch and after the formal launch at the end of the previous month, it has been the talking point. Today, I will review the book for the readers who could not make their move yet and buy the book. I will tell such readers why Shilpa Raj’s book is a must have and must read for all.
Because it’s a memoir, you can expect all the true accounts in this book. The author did not try to create an imaginary world and fix the characters according to her narrative and the theme of the book. For that, if there is happiness in the story, Shilpa is the person happy and if there are sorrows in the story, Shilpa is the person who is sad. So, you can feel according to the mood of the narrative and connect with the author and her real life characters easily.
The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter commemorates how it is living in the family which is just pulling the cart of life without any ‘add ons’. Shilpa tells about her father who is an elephant chaser, a profession which can barely feed two times. She tells about a section of Indian society which is almost cursed to ‘remain like this’ because no people care about them. They are robbed by the administration and they are equally robbed by the fate!
For honesty in the narrative and a composed analysis of the theme at hand, I can surely say that Shilpa has done a great work in her very debut work. You cannot side-off the book by just saying that it’s naive and immature. Shilpa’s book demands a serious reading and her appeal from behind the black letters on the pages is something to be taken into serious consideration immediately. She has raised all the valid points and for example – how is it like living without even the basics of education? How is it like living in a society which cannot mingle with the mainstream of the country? Are we serious that we indeed live in the 21st century?
Shilpa Raj’s The Elephant Chaser’s Daughter is available in the shops near you and also on leading online retail stores. To make your purchase easier, we are adding the link to the Amazon’s book page where you can get a copy for yourself. Read it in the Kindle format of get a paperback. Enjoy the book and don’t forget to add your comments here or directly on the Goodreads page so that Shilpa can respond back to you! Happy Reading!
Review by – Ravi